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Questions tagged [fullmetal-alchemist-series]

Use this tag for all entries in the Fullmetal Alchemist ("Hagane no Renkinjutsushi") franchise, including the manga by Hiromu Arakawa and both related anime series (Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2010)).

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What's the difference between the FMA and FMA Brotherhood series?

I haven't watched Anime in many years, but recently I've had time to get back into it. I've seen that one of my favorite series, Fullmetal Alchemist, has done a series reboot. What I'm wondering is: ...
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Why is Wrath so human?

As we know, the homunculi can heal themselves and don't age because of the philosopher's stone. However, Wrath doesn't seem able to heal and he gets older, despite being a homunculus. I always ...
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Who the hell is Truth?

In Full Metal Alchemist, who is the character (or the concept really) of Truth? What does he symbolize? What is his purpose? From what I guess, he's some sort of your inner God, because he seems to ...
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How does binding a soul to an armor suit allow the suit to move?

We know a couple of characters whose souls are bound to armor suits, e.g. Alphonse or Barry the Chopper. It was explicitly shown that the armor suits have nothing inside - which means they are just ...
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How did the characters learn alchemy?

How did the characters gain their power to perform alchemy in FMA:Brotherhood? Is it genetic, or is it something that can be learned? After all, not everyone in the series can use alchemy.
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At the end of the story, could Edward learn Alkahestry?

Since Alkahestry is used via the dragon's pulse while alchemy used in Amestris was powered by the philosopher's stone, could Edward learn and use Alkahestry after he had given up his gate of truth and ...
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Is Fullmetal Alchemist based on Nazi Germany?

It may be because I'm Jewish (yes, Madara is Jewish), but I couldn't help but noticing the similarities between Fullmetal Alchemist to the German Nazi regime. German names (Edward, Alphonse, Olivier, ...
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At what point does the 2003 series and Manga/Brotherhood series start to diverge?

I just finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 series. I would like to read/watch the manga/Brotherhood anime now. Does anyone know at what chapter the story of FMA2003 and the story of the manga/...
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Why can't Roy Mustang bring his eyes back using his gate?

Why can't Roy Mustang bring his eyes back using his gate? In the final chapter of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, Roy Mustang said "I'd readily sacrifice my own gate like Fullmetal did, but then I'd ...
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How did Homunculus come into being?

In FMA, the being that became Father, the one known originally as Homunculus or the Dwarf in the Flask, seemed to have been created by Van Hohenheim's master using some of Van Hohenheim's blood. Is ...
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Why can't Edward get back his power to do alchemy?

Roy Mustang's vision was restored, so why can't Edward Elric try to use something to exchange back his gate, like using another philosopher's stone? Is it that he didn't need alchemy anymore because ...
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What is inside the Gate of Truth?

In FMA and FMA: Brotherhood, the Gate of Truth is shown to have an eye and a bunch of arms inside of it. The arms drag people into the gate during human transformation. I know that the creature ...
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Why does Selim Bradley have a nipple on his forehead?

When Ed "kills" Pride, a tiny baby pops out. When we see him 2 years later, it appears he has a nipple in the middle of his forehead. Why?
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Why did King Bradley allow the Elric brothers, Hughes, and Armstrong to continue investigating the military?

In episode 10 of Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, during the events in the Research Lab 5, Edward Elric is severely hurt. Later in the hospital, he writes down everything he had come to know, and he ...
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What is this huge symbol on the door in the Truth realm and in the Neon Genesis Evangelion opening?

In Fullmetal Alchemist the door in the Truth realm has a huge symbol with all kinds of things on it: I've seen the opening of Neon Genesis Evangelion today and noticed that the same symbol is shown ...
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How does the automail work?

An automail must be a masterpiece, as the user seems to be able to use it as a fully working arm/leg/... It seems however, that it's no regular artificial limb. What's so special about an automail? ...
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How did the birds come back to life when Envy arrived?

After Cornello had been eaten by Gluttony, the townspeople search for him but find a lot of dead birds. Envy arrives as Cornello and passes off a miracle and claims that the Cornello who had been "...
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When Edward and Alphonse try to transmute their mother, how come they didn't gain anything?

So, to my understanding, the idea of alchemy is equivalent exchange, in which you get in return as much as you gave. This doesn't make sense to me, as in the beginning when they tried to transmute ...
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The Tree of Life in Fullmetal Alchemist

I've noticed references to the Kabbalah in a couple of anime I've watched. One of them is Fullmetal Alchemist. Fullmetal Alchemist has the Tree of Life on the Gate: So, my question is, Is there any ...
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In Fullmetal Alchemist, what does a State Alchemist's pocket watch do?

In Fullmetal Alchemist, it is stated a number of times that a state alchemist's pocket watch increases their power, but there doesn't seem to be a clear mechanism for that. How does that work, and ...
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Why can't Alphonse repair Edward's automail using alchemy?

Edward's automail breaks many times during animation, but every time even if Alphonse didn't take any damage they go after Winrey to fix Edward's automail. Now I'm wondering if Alphonse can easily ...
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How similar is Hohenheim (FMA) to the real Hohenheim?

Hohenheim in FMA is based on a real person also named Hohenheim. How similar are the character from anime and the real person, and how do they diverge?
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How did Alphonse recover his pre-gate memories?

In FMA: Brotherhood, Alphonse recover the memories he lost after going through the Gate, by having Martel's blood spattered over his own blood seal (the one that binds his soul to his armor), and is, ...
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How can alchemy be used in another dimension?

At one point, Ed, Al, and Ling end up in a battle involving Gluttony. Then, It is also stated more than once that alchemists use the energy from the movement of the tectonic plates of the Earth's ...
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Why can't The Dwarf leave the flask?

The Dwarf in the Flask, of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, is seen trapped within a flask during his first appearance. At one point in the series, The Dwarf states that his greatest wish is to ...
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Why did Colonel Mustang lose his sense of sight and not his arm or body?

In Fullmetal Alchemist, when an alchemist performs human transmutation, they lose a part of their body. What determines the body part an alchemist loses?
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Why do the eyes of a bounded soul glow?

If I didn't miss one, all souls that were bound to armors have glowing eyes. Why do their eyes glow? It must somehow be connected to the bounded soul, as they stop glowing if the heads lose ...
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If Van Hohenheim is a living Philosopher's Stone, what does that make Edward and Alphonse?

In episode 62 of Brotherhood series, when Father's stone was nearly depleted, he started to search desperately for a new one. When he saw Edward Elric pinned down, his expression suddenly changed and ...
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How does the equivalent exchange of alchemy work?

Alchemy, in Full Metal Alchemist, is based on the concept of 'one needs to provide materials of equal value compared to the thing one want to create' (equivalent exchange). But, how does it exactly ...
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If you had two automail arms, could you still use alchemy?

So, say someone in the Fullmetal Alchemist world lost both of their arms. Could they still preform alchemy with their automail arms? Is there a way to adjust the automail so you can use alchemy?
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Why not simply “Metal Alchemist”?

Why is Edward Elric known as the 'Fullmetal Alchemist' not simply as 'Metal Alchemist'? Is there any reason besides the names sounding better? I've only watched the 2nd episode of FMA brotherhood.
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If the “Truth” didn't exist, would that mean that feats such as Human Transmutation would work?

In FMA Brotherhood, It is said that Truth watches over all alchemic exchanges in the world. The entity at the Gate calling itself Truth: My question is if Truth didn't exist would impossible feats ...
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Why does connecting an automail hurt?

We could see plenty of times in both Fullmetal Alchemist anime series (at least twice in the 2003 series and at least once in the 2009 series, according to my memories) that connecting the automails ...
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Why does Ed and Al's mom cost so much to transmute?

I get it's all equivalent exchange ,but logic dictates that to bring a soul you must lose a soul (Al's) and to make the materials into a body you would need to destroy a body (Al's again) but why was ...
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Can gold be transmuted in the Fullmetal Alchemist continuity?

In the Fullmetal Alchemist manga/2009 anime, we learn that alchemists must obey three rules: Do not oppose the military Do the transmute gold Do not do human transmutation Moreover, at ...
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How can Colonel Mustang create his flame alchemy differently?

When Mustang performs his flame alchemy, he doesn't clap his hands to create it, did he? He's only snapping his fingers: The others seem to always clap when performing alchemy: How does Mustang do ...
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Why can't the homunculi perform Alchemy?

In Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, we saw that the core of a homunculus is a philosopher's stone, but ironically, they still can't perform any alchemy. Why is it like that?
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What makes the mannequins different from the results of the sacrifices' human transmutation attempts?

In the manga / Brotherhood, we learn that the reason human transmutation is forbidden is because it would otherwise allow people to create their own private armies (at least according to the man who ...
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How important is transmutation circle pattern?

It is clear, that transmutation circle in FMA plays significant role for transmutation result. I really doubt, that, for example, Isaac McDougal can use Mustang's circle for water transmutations, and ...
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Wasn't Dr Marco a sacrifice?

This is kinda spoilers if you haven't watched all episodes, but my question is: Wasn't Dr. Marco one of the few sacrifices? Envy didn't want Marco to die, but in the end wasn't used by Father. Or ...
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Why can't Alphonse trade his alchemy for Edward's alchemy?

At the end of the FMA: Brotherhood (Fullmetal Alchemist) series, Edward tried to use alchemy and failed because he wanted his brother back and the law of equivalent exchange clearly states that ...
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How did Alphonse rebound his soul to his previous body?

Ed gave up his alchemy, so when Ed and Al lost there bodies (Al's body and Ed's left and right are), he received both his limbs and Al's previous body, Al's body was attached to the armor with a blood ...